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Merewether High School

Merewether High School

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Device Options

Merewether High has identified a range of devices that students could choose to bring to school as part of  a BYOD program


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Android Tablets Chrome Books iPad   MacBook Windows 7 & 8


Note: Android devices with version 3 or lower of the operating system are unable to connect to the DEC wireless due to a lack of proxy support. Also many Android apps currently do not support the DEC proxy.


DEC Wireless Environments


Recommended Device Specifications

Form Factor


Laptop, tablet device or convertible device

A tablet device must have a physical keyboard attachment with separate keys for A – Z and 0 – 9.


Physical Dimensions


Minimum Screen Size: 9.7" or 24.5cm

Maximum Screen Size: 13.3" or 33.5cm 


Operating System


• Microsoft Windows 7 or newer

• Apple MacOS X 10.6 or newer

• Apple iOS 6 or newer

• Microsoft Windows RT*



Wireless Compatibility


Device must have 5GHz 802.11n support

This may be advertised as "Dual Band Wireless", "802.11abgn", "802.11agn", "802.11ac" or "Gigabit Wireless".

Note: Devices marketed as "802.11bgn" probably do not support the required standard.


Battery Life


Advertised battery life of six hours


Additional Recommendations


• Maximum weight: 2kg

• Minimum RAM (laptops): 4GB

• Disk configuration (laptops): Solid State disk

• Accidental loss and breakage insurance



Additional Considerations

Personal Accounts for the App Store or Google Play

While teachers are excellent at finding free apps that students can use on their mobile devices it is important to remember that the minimum age for use of these Stores is 13 so please have parents update update devices for children under 13.

Antivirus - Protect your Data

Be aware that the NSW DEC BYOD Policy requires users to have a current antivirus system on their device to protect user data and DEC infrastructure. See device pages for specific recommendation.

DEC Hardware Partners

The DEC has a number of hardware partners who are offering NSW DEC families educational discounts through their purchasing portals. Click on the company logo to browse their online store.